Feeding question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Runnerduck918, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Runnerduck918

    Runnerduck918 Chirping

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    Hi!!
    I have 4 runner ducks! And they are little laying machines!! I have them on organic layer crumbles the question I have is how much feed should the get...I give them it in the morning and small amount before I coop them...
    Thanks

    Tracey
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Layers need feed all through the day light hrs. It takes a lot of calcium to make those eggs.
     
  3. Runnerduck918

    Runnerduck918 Chirping

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    Ok thank you!!! I didn’t wanna over feed them :)

    Tracey
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I don't think you can over feed Runners their metabolism is so high lol Mine eat like little piggies and are slim as a well a "bowling pin" lol
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hello, Ducks are not Chickens so should be fed a feed appropriate for Ducks with oyster shell in a separate dish..Best wishes..
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Appropriate feed for ducks is what we can get which can be layer or an all flock or duck finisher or layer just depends on what part of the world we are in. I'd say a great majority of us know Ducks are not Chickens. :)
     
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

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    *Ducklings* have higher Niacin needs than chicks, but that's only up to 10-12 weeks of age... after that point, ducks are just fine with feed formulated for chickens... and actively laying ducks do quite well on a regular layer feed...

    I also freed feed my ducks, they're Calls... *most* ducks won't overeat and regulate themselves quite well... :)
     
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  8. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    I too free feed my ducks and never have an issue with them overeating. I go the route of feeding them a chick starter with oyster shell on the side so that the drakes aren't eating calcium they don't need and the ones that are laying can still get the calcium that they need from the oyster shell. They don't overeat and they aren't overweight :)
     
  9. Fluffy Injun

    Fluffy Injun In the Brooder

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    Mine get a big scoop in the morning and a big scoop in the evening. They free range and hang by the pond the rest of the day.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Give them as much as they will eat in a day.
     

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